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Lady Leopards Rally, but Fall to West Branch in Overtime – Girls Basketball

Kendal Loy Louisville Leopards Vs. West Branch Warriors Girls Basketball 2019

West Branch 50, Louisville 48, OT

The Louisville Leopards Girls Varsity Basketball Team fell to the West Branch Warriors 50-48 in overtime Saturday Evening at Walsh University. The game was part of the 2nd Annual Holiday Hoopla Tournament presented by Hall of Fame Huddle. With the loss, Louisville falls to 2-1 on the season.

Paige Cole scored a game-high 20 points and Sherilynn Mullett poured in 13 to lead the Lady Leopards. Kendal Loy also scored 7 points and led Louisville in rebounds pulling down a team-high 8.


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Leopards Erase 9-Point 4th Quarter Deficit

My Fit Life Personal Trainer AdThe two long-time rivals played to an 8-8 tie at the end of the first quarter, but the Warriors began pulling away in the second and third quarters. West Branch took a 23-17 lead into the half and then extended that advantage to 34-25 at the end of the third.

The Leopards rallied and erased the Warriors 9-point fourth quarter lead before going ahead 42-40 with less than a minute to play. Cole grabbed an offensive board and put it back to give Louisville their first lead since the opening quarter at 41-40. After a turnover, Loy split a pair from the charity stride to make it 42-40 Leopards. 

 West Branch was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing possession giving the ball back to Louisville with a chance to put the game away. However, the Leopards missed two free throw attempts opening the door for the Warriors to tie the game. Peyton Alazaus drew a foul on the other end then made a pair of clutch game-typing free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.


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Warriors Prevail in Overtime

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The two squads battled back-and-forth in overtime. West Branch took a 47-44 lead midway through the period after Jessica Bock and Sammie Tuel scored back-to-back field goals. Louisville rallied gain as Cole hit 4 clutch free throws to knot the game at 48-48 with 47 seconds left.

However, the Warriors spoiled the Leopards rally when Anna Lippiatt hit home a jumper from just inside the left side of the arch to put West Branch ahead 50-48 with 29 seconds remaining in overtime. LHS was unable to connect on three shot attempts on the other end and the Warriors took the game.

West Branch (1-1) was led by Alazaus who hit 3 three-pointers in scoring a team-high 19 points to go along with a game-leading 9 rebounds. Bock also scored 8 and Tuel added 7 for the Warriors.

West Branch has now defeated Louisville in 9 of their last 12 meetings including the last four matchups overall. The Warriors now lead the all-time series 40-22 with this being the first ever meeting in the series played on a neutral court. 

UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel to Canfield to take on the Cardinals on Monday, December 2. JV is set to begin at 5:30 PM with Varsity following at 7:00 PM.

Cover Photo Taken By and Courtesy of Lori Cole

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Varsity Statistics

WARRIORS 50, LEOPARDS 48, OT

Team 1-2-3-4-OT–TOTAL

West Branch 8-15-11-8-8–50

Louisville 8-9-8-17-6–48

WARRIORS: Alazus 6 4 19, Bock 4 0 8, Tuel 3 1 7, Ridgeway 3 0 6, Lippiatt 2 0 4, Scarpitti 1 1 3, Laut 1 0 2, Merler 0 1 1. TOTAL 20 7 50. 

3-Pointers (3): Alazaus 3

Team FT: 7-??

LEOPARDS: Cole 7 6 20, Mullett 4 3 13, Loy 2 3 7, Adelman 2 1 5, Dyer 1 0 3, Gibson 0 0 0. TOTAL 16 13 48.

3-Pointers (3): Mullett 2, Dyer

Team FT: 13-??

 

Fouls: 23-14 West Branch

Rebounds: West Branch 34 (Alazaus 9), Louisville 26 (Loy 8)

Records: West Branch 1-1, Louisville 2-1

JV: Louisville 45, West Branch 38

JV Statistics

LEOPARDS 45, WARRIOR 38

 

JV Box Score Not Provided

Records: Louisville 1-2, West Branch 0-2

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